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Scientists told to ‘strike’ over lack of global action on climate change

Scientists frustrated by a lack of action on climate change, despite the recent stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should go on strike, it has been suggested. In a blog post, Dr Jonathan Rowson said that while it was “a long shot” that may never...


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Renewable heat incentive to boost ‘financially attractive’ alternatives to oil

Homeowners could receive financial incentives for using renewable heat in their homes, after the government has launched a new scheme. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is the first of its kind in the world but has faced repeated delays. The scheme aims to provide long-term financial support for renewable...


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Adapting London’s energy ‘vital’ to for economic growth and future demand

Significant investment in London’s power supply network will be needed in the coming decades if the capital is to meet future energy demands, according to a new report. Failing to act could hamper economic growth, it added. The report – The Future of London’s Power Supply – from the...


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Private investment in sustainable economy set to reach $10tn by 2020

By the end of the decade, private investment in the green and sustainable economy will almost double, reaching $10 trillion (£6 trillion), according to new research. The scale of investment by 2020 will reduce the costs of green technologies and drive innovation. The Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) report from...


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Government and BBC failing to communicate climate change, say MPs

Both the government and the BBC must improve their communication of climate science and the risks of climate change to the public, according to a new report by a committee of MPs. Publishing its findings on Wednesday, the science and technology committee said it had discovered little evidence of...


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Climate scientists in dramatic revelation: manmade climate change is a ‘hoax’

Several of the world’s leading climate scientists have made a sensational turnaround in their thinking, claiming that manmade climate change is in fact “a hoax” and that the deniers were right all along. Academics from the UK, US, Europe and South America admitted that they had for years been...


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Video: Impacts Adaptation and Vulnerability – the IPCC’s latest report

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability is the latest report from the hundreds of experts at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The second of three studies in the organisation’s 2013/14 review follows on from its September report into the physical science of climate change. This outlined...


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Government to map potential of water-source renewables to reduce reliance on gas

Energy secretary Ed Davey has said his department will explore the potential of water-source heat in providing clean energy to the UK, describing the technology as “game-changing”. He also highlighted how energy security is a critical issue amid tensions in Ukraine. Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Davey said...


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A journey to the future: five transport inventions that could change the world

It is safe to say that we have always been pretty bad at predicting how our great-great grandchildren will be getting around, though it never stops us trying. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. In Brave New World – written in 1931...


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Infographic: the Internet Of Things – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Almost 25 years to the day since Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet, the UK government announced that it would be investing an extra £45m into the development of the so-called Internet of Things. This generally refers to networks of physical objects – from kettles to pacemakers – that are  equipped...


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UK chief scientist: climate change will not be beneficial to the UK

The chief scientific adviser to the government, Sir Mark Walport, has told MPs not to expect any benefits from a warmer climate, adding that the effects in the long-term will be harmful. Walport was commenting on science journalist and climate denier Matt Ridley’s book, The Rational Optimist, which argues...


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Cameron announces £45m investment into ‘Internet of Things’

The UK government has announced that it will invest an extra £45m into the development of the so-called Internet of Things. Speaking at a technology trade fair in Hannover, Germany, prime minister David Cameron said that by researching such technology, the host nation and the UK could lead a...


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FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2014 open for entries

Nominations are open for the Transformational Business Awards 2014, hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and taking place at the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane on June 12. The event is an evolution of the Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards – which...


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The Economist: global warming ‘pause’ goes from ‘unexplained to overexplained’

The reasons for the global warming ‘pause’ between 1998 and 2013 have gone from “unexplained to overexplained”, according to an article by the Economist magazine. The comments follow a report that found a hiatus in global temperature rises despite carbon emissions, which would push temperatures up, continuing to rise....


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Renewable energy developer purchases iPad app that ‘visualises’ wind farms

A leading European wind energy developer has become the first company to purchase an innovative mobile application that helps “visualise” turbines on site. VentusAR, which was developed by Scottish technology start-up Linknode, has been bought by German firm ABO Wind. The company is developing wind farms in 10 countries...




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